Founder and Managing Director
Arnold Tijdens is a farm born banker with over 18 years of banking experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. He started his career with Rabobank in Corporate Banking and Trade & Commodity Finance. Since 2011 he has been responsible for setting up agri finance departments for Rabobank’s partner banks in Rwanda and Uganda. In 2016 he moved to Asia where he was seconded to Yoma Bank to design un(der) secured loan products for the agriculture sector. He carries extensive experience with supporting commercial banks how to successfully finance the agricultural sector through tailored loan and credit products and using digital solutions. Arnold is the founder and MD of Kilimo Finance.
Agri Value Chain Specialist
Quan Nguyen has been working as a project manager for around 7 years in some varied fields (telecom, automobile, and F&B) before getting involved in the coffee industry. In 2016, he joined a coffee producer named The Married Beans, a pioneer in the third wave of coffee in Vietnam, as deputy manager and then came up with his initiative Coffee Warriors (CW), a platform that strengthens sustainable development and networking in the coffee industry around ASEAN. He was trained to be an electrical & electronics engineer at HCMC University of Technology but soon developed his career in project management, SDGs consulting, and economic development.
Member of the Advisory Board (1)
Tom Moyes is an expert in financial technology, agricultural finance, financial inclusion and financial regulation, with more than two decades’ experience designing and managing financial sector initiatives in emerging market countries. At present he is advising the UK Aid's DaNa Facility program in Myanmar on fintech and agricultural finance. In 2018, Tom developed the Fintech Challenge Vietnam program for the ADB's Mekong Business Initiative. During his time as Project Director of the Mekong Business Initiative, Tom also led a team of experts who advised Yoma Bank on the development of agricultural value chain loan products.
Tom has served as a banking/finance expert for both the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Finance Corporation, and was the Senior Technical Advisor to the World Bank's Agricultural Finance Support Facility. Tom gained an important foundation in finance working as a commercial bank lending and marketing officer for Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in New York and Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Member of the Advisory Board (2)
Hans Bogaard has been in food & agri banking since he graduated at Wageningen in Agri economics (1994). He spent over 20 years at Rabobank in various international agribusiness financing and advisory roles. From agribusiness project finance to M&A to trade & commodity finance (responsible for Rabo’s Central and Eastern European agri commodity financing clients). The last 8 years at Rabo he helped building the Agri finance advisory business at Rabo Development, a unit that invests in promising rural banks in developing markets in combination with providing technical assistance to create satellite Rabobanks in some of the most challenging places on earth. In 2017 he became manager at the Agribusiness department of FMO, The Dutch Development Bank. Focusing on Africa and farmer finance in developing markets it became clear to him that digitalization is critical to making farmer financing more cost effective and appealing for commercial banks.